Kingdom Venture 21/20 -Day 7
*Adapted from 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer Devotional from James River Church available on the YouVersion App and www.bible.com
Have you felt distant from God? Maybe as you read this you feel as if you are in a spiritual desert. You are calling out to God, but it seems as if your cry is falling on deaf ears. You might even be thinking, “Why isn’t God responding?”
The better question is, “What is blocking the voice of God in my life that I am not hearing what He is saying?”
The constant distractions that surround our lives can so easily block our ability to hear God’s voice. Everything from the TV, to smartphones, to social media can distract our attention and keep us from clearly hearing from the Lord. Seasons of fasting help to quiet our hearts so we can hear from God.
There is a unique spiritual sensitivity that comes through prayer and fasting. If you are struggling to discern God’s voice, one of the best things you can do is fast!
Scripture is clear: God is speaking.
Isaiah 58: 8-9 ESV
8Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
1 Chronicles 16: 10-11 ESV
10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
Psalm 27:8 ESV
8 You have said, "Seek my face." My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek."
1 Samuel 3:10 ESV
10And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant hears."